Women Inequality in the workplace

1189 WordsApr 16, 20145 Pages
INTRODUCTION This essay serves to look into the issue of women inequality in the workplace. This essay will explain the reason behind women equality in society and some of the disadvantages that women face in the workplace. Also, you will learn about the term “gender gap” which refers to the distribution of wages between men and women. It shows the difference in the pay between both genders in many career fields. Jobs and roles that women balance on a day to day basis so therefore I say, women are not the weaker sex but the stronger one. The root of women inequality Women inequality in society comes as a result of stereotyping. Throughout history women have taken the role of housewife, mother, and compared to a…show more content…
In other words, 77 cents for every dollar men earns for performing the same task. Part of the pay gap can be attributed to the fact that, more often than men, women tend to engage in part type work or work in lower paid jobs. Women are associated with “pink collar jobs”. A pink collar job is associated to the types of jobs that are considered to be stereotypically female such as working as a waitress, nurse, teacher, or secretary. A common inequality issue in the workplace is pregnancy. When women get pregnant in the middle of their career, they have to take time off and go on maternity leave. Also, as mothers, women who are working just simply can’t work as many hours as men do and because women can’t work overtime or travel frequently they often get passed up for promotions. This is seen as fair because women are putting in fewer hours for work. However, it is not the lower work hours that prevent women from reaching work equality it is because the workplace can be structured in such a way that it forces women to take up a larger share of responsibility in the household. If the organization does not pay maternity leave it takes away the couple’s choice of equally dividing household duties, because both parents risk their jobs in taking lower hours to split domestic responsibilities. Sexual Harassment is another major disadvantage. Sexual harassment is any sexual advance or conduct on the job that creates an intimidating
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